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Thomas Paine

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Monday, July 22, 2019

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White House’s Kushner to Finalise Palestinian Economic Plan on Middle East Tour

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 13 hours ago
White House’s Kushner to Finalise Palestinian Economic Plan on Middle East Tour by https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/ White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will lead a US delegation on a tour of the Middle East to finalise details of his proposed $50 billion economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, an administration official said on …

Recent Poll Reveals 95 Percent of Biologists Say Human Life Begins at Conception

Bob Adelmann at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: recent-poll-reveals-95-percent-of-biologists-say-human-life-begins-at-conception] Ninety-five percent of 5,500 biologists — with specialties ranging from anatomy, biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, and physiology — believe that “a human’s life begins at fertilization.”

Impeachment Bill Goes Down in Flames! - Top Headline

TNA Video at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: top-headline-christian-gomez-duke-pesta-impeachment-bill-goes-down-flames] VIDEO - Representative Al Green, the Democrat from Texas’ Ninth District, found out that impeaching a president requires a little more than a difference of political opinion.

Strange object in the night sky was probably a rocket heading to the Moon: astronomer

Anna Hartley at Just In - 13 hours ago
The strange bright light that puzzled sky-watchers across Queensland, NSW and the NT is most likely to have come from a prolonged engine burn from a rocket — perhaps the one India launched to the Moon.

Owner mocked after seagull reportedly flies off with teacup chihuahua

Yasmin Jeffery at Just In - 13 hours ago
Hope remains for Gizmo the chihuahua who reportedly fell prey to an unlikely "apex predator" lurking in his suburban back garden.

Data Nerds

Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
Via Sierra Madre Tattler. From his R&R location, Steve is wondering: Am I the only one who thinks the data nerds are overcompensating for 2016 by portraying Trump as nearly unbeatable in 2020? — Steve M. (@nomoremister) July 21, 2019 And I figured that's something he might be writing about if he were here. He's talking among other things about the New York Times Upshot department and Nate Cohn, who reported over the weekend that President Trump’s approval ratings are under water in national polls. His position for re-election, on the other hand, might not be quite so bleak. His a... more »

Watermelons to Replace Piglets in California Fair Event

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
The Sonoma County Fair has eliminated the pig scramble from Farmers Day due to rising public concern and protests over animal welfare.

Tennessee Banker Wins Annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Persistence paid off for a retired Tennessee banker who won on his eighth try.

Equifax to Pay up to $700M in Data Breach Settlement

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
The settlement would provide up to $425 million in monetary relief to consumers, a $100 million civil money penalty, and other relief.

Report: At Least 14 Alaska Cities Have Officers with Records

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
42 tribal and city police officers have rap sheets that would prevent them from being hired by the Anchorage Police Department and its urban peers, as Alaska state troopers, or even as private security guards most anywhere else in the United States.

Morgenthau, Iconic Ex-Manhattan District Attorney, Has Died

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Morgenthau spent more than three decades jailing criminals from mob kingpins and drug-dealing killers to a tax-dodging Harvard dean.

The real "love it or leave it" is in the religion of woke

Norma at Collecting My Thoughts - 13 hours ago
Amy Wax a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania was invited to speak on racial equality at Bucknell University, a small private school founded by Baptists in the 19th century. The campus religion there is now the Church of Woke, and they are scary fundamentalists. These rituals which are also performed at other colleges followed that announcement, according to Prof. Alexander Riley, in "Woke Totemism," First Things, Aug/Sept. 2019. - The faculty email list exploded with vituperative attacks on her. - Her works were characterized in scatological terms. - The abusive... more »

Behind the Scenes: Tour of Pu‘uhonua o Pu‘uhuluhulu Maunakea

Unknown at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
In the medic tent, re-humanizing With donations flowing in for thousands gathered, the people are asking for prepared food donations When arriving, the camp rules are shared with all ============================================= A tour of Pu‘uhonua o Pu‘uhuluhulu Maunakea Today is July 22, 2019, Shut it Down Monday for

Taking Care of Manua Kea Protectors: Tour of Pu‘uhonua o Pu‘uhuluhulu Maunakea

Unknown at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
. In the medic tent, re-humanizing With donations flowing in for thousands gathered, the people are asking for prepared food donations When arriving, the camp rules are shared with all A tour of Pu‘uhonua o Pu‘uhuluhulu Maunakea Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News MANUA KEA, Hawa'ii -- Taking care of the Protectors on Manua Kea means assistance in the medic tent from trauma,

Australian miner sues Egyptian government over collapse of billion-dollar deal

bilaterals.org - 13 hours ago
22-Jul-2019 Australian company planned was to mine tantulum, but seventeen years later, the company is suing the Egyptian government for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars after the military regime blocked plans.

Mercosur to finalize trade agreement with EFTA; Bolsonaro also targets US

bilaterals.org - 13 hours ago
22-Jul-2019 Mercosur expecte trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association, a rich-country club, which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, to be finalized by August.

Will Persian Gulf 'Tanker War' Become a Shooting War?

Ron Paul at 13 hours ago
[image: undefined] The UK got a taste of its own medicine this week as Iran seized a British tanker, the Stena Impero, just two weeks after UK Royal Marines seized a tanker near Gibraltar carrying two million barrels of Iranian oil. As could be predicted, the US and UK media are reporting Iran’s seizure of the Stena Impero as if it were something out of the blue, pushing the war propaganda that “we” have been attacked and must retaliate. Media criticism of the UK is limited to claims that it has not put enough military into the Persian Gulf, not that it should never have seized the ... more »

Parents Told Their Kids Will Be Stolen by the State if They Cannot Pay for School Lunches

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: school]School district officials sent home a letter to parents this week threatening to steal their children if they are unable to pay for school lunches.

IN HOC SIGNO, WARFARE: Silly Southern boys wanted their war!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019But so does Professor Glaude:* Because it was free on our On Demand—and on the advice of several top experts—we decided to rewatch a pair of scenes from the famous film, Gone With the Wind. We started with the famous film's famous opening scene: On the front steps of Tara, two silly Southern boys are trying to woo the admittedly fetching Miss Scarlett—and they're excitedly looking ahead to an onrushing war. Brent and Stew are hot to trot. The movie starts like this: BRENT: What do we care if we were expelled from college, Scarlett? *The war is going to star... more »

Lunar Narratives: Landing On The Moon, Politics And The Cold War

Binoy KAMPMARK at OrientalReview.org - 13 hours ago
The Moon landing anniversary this weekend was given a vigorous clean-up, with the Cold War finding a back seat when it was, in fact, the main driver. The Moon project was a fundamental political poke, soaked by competitive drives. The science was the instrumental ballast and has come to provide the heavy cosmetics to romanticise what is, at best, an effigy.

Monday Morning Links

Unknown at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Miscellaneous material to start your week. - Aditya Chakrabortty writes about the dangers of accepting gross inequality based on the hope that billionaires will make up in charity what they fail to contribute in tax revenue: For the super-rich, giving is really taking. Taking power, that is, from the rest of society. The billionaires will get exclusive access to the “vision” for the reconstruction of a national landmark and they can veto those plans, because if they don’t like them they can withhold their cash. Money is always the most powerful casting vote, and they have it. Never ... more »

Killer global health threats should be treated like terrorism, says UK's chief medical officer

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 14 hours ago
*From The Telegraph* *Britain must tackle killer health threats from abroad in the same way it handles terrorism, because deadly infections know no borders, the government’s chief medical officer has said.* *In her final report before stepping down to become the first female Master of Trinity College Cambridge, Dame Sally Davies said the UK must adopt a similar approach to global health as does with its counter-terrorism (CONTEST) strategy.* *The strategy brings together intelligence organisations from across the world to ‘prevent, pursue, protect and prepare’ for a terrorist attack ... more »

Catholic church in Dr Congo encourages handwashing in fight against Ebola

Jane Burgermeister at BIRDFLU666 WORDPRESS BLOG CONTINUES HERE - 14 hours ago
*Washing hands, mats soaked in disinfectant for shoes...these are important and effective steps to prevent the spread of Ebola and should be encouraged.* *An issue is if the disinfectant is strong enough or if there is too little chlorine.* *Africanews* *The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo is advocating for cleanliness. Guiding their congregants to thoroughly wash their hands before the service in efforts to fight Ebola hemorragic virus afflicting the country.* *“We are used to washing our hands. Most of the time, not everyone respects that, but today I notice... more »

American Nuclear Weapons in Europe

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 14 hours ago
In a classic case of "oops", a Belgian newspaper "De Morgan" picked up on a serious mistake by the Defense and Security Committee (DSC) of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly which released a document to the public that revealed one of the worst kept secrets in the world; America's inventory of nuclear weapons that are located in Europe. The document dated April 16, 2019 was discussed during the plenary session of the NATO Parliament's Defense and Security Committee on June 1 in Bratislava, Slovakia. While the presence of the weapons has long been known, it is only due to this erroneo... more »

Voice Of America Says Editor Deleted Anti-Trump Facebook Posts

Shelby Talcott at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Shelby Talcott* *Politics, * What happens now? Voice of America (VOA), a government-run news outlet, told the Daily Caller News Foundation the editor who had a Facebook page filled with anti-Trump posts deleted them, but it is unclear if he was punished. Doug Bernard Johnson, VOA’s Press Freedom editor, had a Facebook page that contained anti-Trump posts. VOA has a social media code that requires VOA employees to be impartial in public spaces and “adhere to a high standard of independence and objectivity.” VOA told the DCNF the posts have been deleted from the account. “The p... more »

Trump On The ‘Squad’: They Are Not ‘Capable Of Loving Our Country’

Chris White at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Chris White* *Politics, * What happens next? President Donald Trump said Sunday he doesn’t believe congresswomen in the “Squad” are capable of being patriotic Americans, adding that they are “destroying” the Democratic Party. “I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said,” Trump said in a Sunday morning tweet. “They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!” His comments come after Trump’s J... more »

There’s A Full-Fledged Fight Over Trump's Wall Going On In The Supreme Court

Kevin Daley at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kevin Daley* *Politics, * “If a stay is granted and wall construction begins, there will be no turning back,” the green groups told the justices in court papers. Environmental groups and House Democrats urged the Supreme Court not to disturb a lower court order blocking the reallocation of military funds for border wall projects. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to put that ruling on hold while litigation continues July 12. Granting that request — called a stay — would give the government an irreversible victory, a coalition of environmentalists led by the Sierr... more »

U.S. Army Invests In Studying ‘Hyperfit’ Women Who Pass Its Hardest Tests

Evie Fordham at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Evie Fordham* *Security, * “This is a unique historical time,” research physiologist Julie Hughes, who is assisting with the study at the base in Natick, Massachusetts, told The Associated Press. “There’s this group of women who made it through the training so we want to get them to at least do these observational investigations to explore what makes them unique.” The U.S. Army is investing in studying the “hyperfit” women who pass some of the military’s most grueling tests. “This is a unique historical time,” research physiologist Julie Hughes, who is assisting with the study ... more »

Why America and Iran Came Within Minutes of War

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Here is what went down. *If America wants Iran to change its behavior, it will have to re-establish ruptured lines of communication and re-create genuine incentives for diplomacy, rather than leading with threats of war and crushing sanctions. After all, the danger of devastating and messy regional war already underpins Iran’s own deterrence-based security strategy in the Persian Gulf—and games of chicken where neither side de-escalates end badly for everyone involved.* By most accounts, the United States and Iran came within minutes of armed co... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 14 hours ago
*Trigger warnings do more harm than good* A growing body of evidence says they are damaging to education and mental health. The rise of trigger warnings was one of the first signs that things were going awry on university campuses in recent years. These warnings – placed on texts or materials deemed to be potentially upsetting to students, particularly those who have suffered some kind of trauma – were introduced with the best of intentions. But a growing body of evidence suggests they are counterproductive and bad for intellectual life. In their Atlantic cover story in September... more »

Galileo Versus Aristotle

Unknown at The Verma Report - 14 hours ago
Portrait of Galileo Galilei, 1636In my recent post, “On The Anti-Aristotelianism of the Renaissance,” I talk about the anti-Aristotelianism of Erasmus, Martin Luther, and Francis Bacon. But the anti-Aristotelianism that was sweeping Europe in the time of the Renaissance reached its zenith with the publication of Galileo Galilei’s famous work the *Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems* in 1632. The book is written in the form of a Platonic dialogue and the purpose of the dialogue is to debate the fundamental scientific principles which govern the universe. The conversat... more »

Reaping The Whirlwind

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
It might be comforting to think that Canada has avoided the kind of populism which is now the mother's milk of American and British politics. But don't get too comfortable. Beatrice Paez writes at *The Hill Times*: Canada’s upcoming federal election could expose deepening societal rifts that will test the country’s immunity from Trumpian-style populism, says one leading pollster, but other politicians and political observers say while there are worrying signs, it has limited appeal. Thanks to economic stagnation, the hyper-concentration of wealth, and a brewing cultural backlash,... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*UK: Extinction Rebellion founder in race storm: Vile anti-Semitic posts found on Facebook page run by Left-winger behind climate change movement* Two founders of Extinction Rebellion were caught up in a race storm yesterday after virulently anti-Semitic messages were posted on a Facebook page linked to the movement. The posts were among several examples of extremist material and sinister conspiracy theories on the page run by Left-winger Gail Bradbrook, one of the people behind XR. When a supporter asked why fake news accusing the British Government of trying to poison former KG... more »

As Apollo Rises Again, Time for Crash Programs To ‘Pick Up Where We Left Off’

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 15 hours ago
[image: The 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin is celebrated in a 17-minute show, "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon." Friday, July 19, 2019 in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)] Many tens of thousands of Americans have braved the summer’s heat to crowd Washington’s National Mall and events across the country, celebrating human beings’ first rise out of Earth’s gravity and steps into space 50 years ago. Those still alive who did this and/or know how it was done, agree that there must be cooperative ... more »

Heatwave Of July 22, 1901

tonyheller at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog - 15 hours ago
July 22, 1901 was one of the hottest days on record in the US and Europe. It was 117F (47C) in St. Petersburg , Russia, and the average maximum temperature across the US was 96 degrees. Missouri was 116F, Arizona … Continue reading →

The 2nd American Revolution

Hadenoughalready at 'Nox & Friends - 15 hours ago
Has anyone seen this video? If not, you should! ~Dayamn…!

Syrian Refugees in Turkey Need Better Access to Formal Jobs

kkirisciguest at Lawfare - 15 hours ago
Photo Credit: Mohamed Misto/Anadolu Agency via Anadolu Agency *Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on *Order from Chaos*.* Eight years after Syrians began to flee en masse from the growing violence in their country, Turkey now hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees. For the fourth year running, this makes Turkey the largest host, globally, of refugees. Neither return nor resettlement are real options for the refugees. They will likely stay in Turkey for the foreseeable future, and it’s time to get serious about creating opportunities for how to formally and sustainably emp... more »

UK to send nuclear sub, commandos to the Gulf after tanker seizure by Iran – report

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Britain’s Royal Navy is beefing up its military presence in the Persian Gulf with a nuclear-powered submarine and maritime forces, UK media report. A 7,400-tonne Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine, equipped with cruise missiles and heavy torpedoes, will be assigned a solely defensive role, military sources told the Daily Express tabloid. It is expected to intercept communications […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jihadists attempt to attack Syria’s S-300 system in Masyaf

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels attempted to attack the Syrian military’s S-300 system in the Hama Governorate town of Masyaf on Sunday evening. According to a report from the Syrian military, the jihadist rebels fired several Grad missiles towards S-300 system placement in Masyaf, marking the first time that they have been […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Several jihadists killed in failed assault in northern Hama

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to foil a jihadist attack on the northern Hama town of Al-Qasabiyeh on Sunday morning, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News. Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels began their attack during the wee hours on Sunday morning; this culminated into […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Britain refused US help before Iran seized oil tanker: ex-official

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has claimed that Washington had offered London to use “US assets” to support UK shipping in the Persian Gulf before Iran detained the British tanker Stena Impero. “I think there are genuine questions to be raised right now about the British government’s behavior, I say this as a supporter […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Russia's Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: 'Largest Data Breach In Its History'So You Think We're Reducing Fossil Fuel? -- Think AgainTrump’s Pick for Defense Secretary Is as Swampy as You’d ExpectIt was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as carbon dioxide hit its highest level in human history This Cop Is Getting $2,500 a Month Because Killing an Unarmed Man in a Hotel Hallway Gave Him PTSDMore New Yorkers Embrace Solar PowerAs a former member of an American cult, I know why so many white Christian women fervently support Trump Federal prosecutors charg... more »

Judge says he doesn't have 'any reasonable doubt' over Kathleen Folbigg's guilt

Nick Sas at Just In - 15 hours ago
Former Chief Judge of the NSW District Court Reginald Blanch, who was conducting the inquiry, said after reviewing its results he did not have "any reasonable doubt" as to Folbigg's guilt.

Itaipu Launches Bid for Design of New Bridge Between Brazil and Paraguay

Iolanda Fonseca at The Rio Times - 15 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Itaipu Binacional launched this Saturday, July 20th, in Carmelo Peralta, Paraguay, the bid tender in the amount of US$7.5 million (R$28.05 million) for contracting a company to conduct the feasibility study, the final engineering design and to supervise the construction of the new Bioceanic bridge that will connect Paraguay and […] The post Itaipu Launches Bid for Design of New Bridge Between Brazil and Paraguay appeared first on The Rio Times.

Turkey To Talk Refugee Return with Damascus? Possible Turkish Operation in Syria’s East?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Basically Turkey wants the Usrael/France backed PKK/YPG away from their border. Or Cavusoglu is saying that Turkey is ‘determined to carry out an operation east of the Euphrates.....” * *For all intents and purposes, per the Astana agreement, there is a buffer zone existing in Idlib- agreed to between Turkey, Iran and Russia. There are the areas along the Syrian border held by Turkey, enabled by Russia, in the area of Afrin as well as al Bab.* *The Turkish top diplomat also pointed out that Washington "still hasn’t taken certain steps under a roadmap on Syria’s Manbij."* *The US n... more »

Iran delivers shocking blow to UK with oil tanker seizure (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 250. The post Iran delivers shocking blow to UK with oil tanker seizure (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Iran offers Trump White House new nuclear deal, in exchange for sanctions relief (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 249. The post Iran offers Trump White House new nuclear deal, in exchange for sanctions relief (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Asylum restrictions: The president can enforce the law, but can't change it

Jean Lantz Reisz, Supervising Attorney, USC Immigration Clinic and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, University of Southern California at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 16 hours ago
The Trump administration has once again tried to change immigration law, this time enacting severe limits on the rights of asylum-seekers. An immigration law expert says only Congress can do that.

Why does the US sentence people to hundreds of years in prison?

Darryl K. Brown, Professor of Law, University of Virginia at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 16 hours ago
The US is unique in its criminal punishment policies – as the recent sentencing of neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. demonstrates.

Not News: Multimillionaires Fear Bernie-- Including Multimillionaires Who Work For MSNBC

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Miriyam Rocah celebrates her 49th birthday next Sunday. Predictably, the Scarsdale multimillionaire hates Bernie and his progressive agenda. Less predictably-- kind of-- was how MSNBC, a division of Comcast, had her on yesterday morning to smear Bernie. David Gura invited her on his early morning show where she decided to tell the audience that Bernie "makes my skin crawl. I don't know why young girls support him." They then went to break and when they returned Gura hadn't asked her to leave the set nor to apologize to the audience, nor did he explain why Bernie is viewed most fav... more »

California legislative update: Several key cannabis bills still hang in balance

John Schroyer at Marijuana Business Daily - 16 hours ago
When the California Legislature returns from its summer recess in mid-August, it’ll face a monthlong sprint to get to all of the bills remaining on its docket, including several that could have a significant impact on marijuana companies. There’s no guarantee that any of those bills – including one that would establish a new banking […] California legislative update: Several key cannabis bills still hang in balance is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

What Unions Can Do To Help Immigrant Members

Unknown at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
The National Immigration Law Center has this helpful information for unions that want to help their members in this time of ICE raids: If you belong to a labor union, there are ways it can help you. You should talk to your union representative about your concerns. If it would make you feel more comfortable, ask some of your co-workers to go with you to talk to your representative. Your union contract might have language that protects union members, such as an agreement with the employer that has one or more of the following provisions: - The employer will not allow any Immigratio... more »

Too cute!

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 16 hours ago
Found on Gab (clickit to biggit): Lil critter's too cute for words, isn't he? Peter

Why China Is In Love with Buying Russia's Killer Su-35 Fighter Jet

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * Russia is offering to sell more Su-35 fighters to Beijing – and Chinese media reports that Beijing may accept. For a nation that boasts of developing an advanced stealth fighter, it seems strange that China would need to buy warplanes from its former rival Russia. Yet Moscow is offering to sell more Su-35 fighters to Beijing – and Chinese media reports that Beijing may accept. China has already bought 24 Su-35s – an upgraded version of the Cold War Su-27 Flanker – in a 2015 sale worth $2.5 billion, according to Russian news agency TASS. “We are expec... more »

Israeli Air Force's F-35 Stealth Fighter Went Into Iran's Airspace: Report

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * And someone was fired for it. *As we have already explained, in May 2018 the IAF revealed that it has used its stealth fighters in combat operations, making Israel the first country in the world to carry out an “operational attack” using the F-35.* Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) commander Brigadier General Farzad Ismaili, who had been in office since 2010, has been fired by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after he kept secret that Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35 stealth fighters had violated Iran’s airspace, the Kuwaiti daily Al ... more »

Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter Could Fly for India. Here's Why.

Mark Episkopos at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Mark Episkopos* *Security, * And you thought this deal was dead. As Moscow moves to mass-produce the Su-57 in much larger quantities than previously expected, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is cautiously signaling its interest in Russia’s fifth-generation fighter. IAF Chief of Staff Birender Singh Dhanoa gave the following appraisal in a recent interview with Russian media: “if you mean the [Su-57] fifth-generation fighter, we have not yet reviewed this issue. When it enters service in your armed forces-- only then will we be able to make a decision. We will consider it for procur... more »

Trump's Economy Is Strong. A Debt Crisis Could End It (For Good?)

Romina Boccia at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Romina Boccia* *Economics, * Here's how to stop financial ruin. With an economy that’s strong, that creates opportunities, and that grows wages, people are experiencing the American dream. But this dream is in danger of becoming the American nightmare. The future looks bleak: job losses, lower wages for those lucky enough to keep a job, and massive tax increases on average Americans. For many families, that could mean tighter budgets, less money to buy food and clothes, and little prospect for a family vacation or being able to improve their financial situation in the future. ... more »

Socialism 101: All of the Things the Left Will Never Tell You

Rob Bluey at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Rob Bluey* *Politics, * But this article will. Young people across America are increasingly embracing socialism. A cloud of misinformation has led many Americans to think socialism is something it is not—a good system of government. The Daily Signal recently interviewed Chris Wright, founder and president of the Anticommunism Action Team, to debunk the myths about socialism. A lightly edited transcript is below. Young people across America are increasingly embracing socialism. A cloud of misinformation has led many Americans to think socialism is something it is not—a good sy... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
I have family visiting for two weeks. Blogging will sometimes be light during this period.

Can China's trade boost with Asean help get the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership over the line?

bilaterals.org - 16 hours ago
22-Jul-2019 The success of the ASEAN-China FTA in helping to boost business amid Beijing's tariff dispute with the US bodes well for the upcoming talks on the creation of a RCEP.

Links 7/22/19

Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 17 hours ago

Antisocial Media, Your Censor-slip Is Showing

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 17 hours ago
By Nancy Hokkanen Welcome to the flexible lexicon of Internet censorship. When governments and corporations are uncomfortable about online reporting from disgruntled consumers, their media minions relabel it “misinformation.” Or “disinformation.” Even “radicalization.” (Heckuva job fact-checking, Psychology Today.) A recent... more »

An Open Letter To All Us Lawmakers Regarding The Us Vaccine Program

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 17 hours ago
Age of Autism visitors can read an Op Ed submission that the NYT would not publish. Mind you, the NYT already knows most of this information, as they published the AP investigation into the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and titled... more »

Leech paper nets expression of concern

Adam Marcus at Retraction Watch - 17 hours ago
An article claiming to uproot the evolutionary tree of leeches has received an expression of concern after a reader notified the journal about potential problems with the data. The article, “Phylogenomic analysis of a putative missing link sparks reinterpretation of leech evolution,” appeared online in Genome Biology and Evolution, an Oxford University Press title, on … Continue reading Leech paper nets expression of concern

India successfully launches unmanned mission to the far side of the Moon

Just In - 17 hours ago
India's space agency says it has launched a lunar rover on an unmanned mission to the far side of the Moon a week after aborting the mission due to a technical problem.

Inquiry into baby-killer Kathleen Folbigg 'reinforces' her guilt, judge finds

Nick Sas at Just In - 17 hours ago
An inquiry into Kathleen Folbigg's conviction for killing her four children reinforces her guilt, a judge finds.

Not all forms of exercise benefit the brain in the same way

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Sweden Bans Mandatory Vaccinations over ‘Serious Health Concerns’

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New Device Appears to Defy the Laws of Thermodynamics

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200kph to zero in two seconds: Landing a US Navy plane on the USS Ronald Reagan

Megan Hendry at Just In - 18 hours ago
What is it like on board the 333-metre USS Ronald Reagan that's also home to about 5,000 people at any one time? Step aboard with the ABC's Megan Hendry.

'It ends now, with Alex': A mother's plea to prevent more music festival deaths

Michael Atkin And Amy Donaldson at Just In - 18 hours ago
Alex Ross-King died of an MDMA overdose during a music festival in January. Now her mother is calling for changes to ensure no-one else dies.

Indonesian racing pigeon sets record with $100,000 price

Iffah Nur Arifah at Just In - 18 hours ago
A male pigeon called Jayabaya becomes the most expensive bird in Indonesia as pigeon racing spreads through the island nation, boosted by a national organisation, low costs and high profit margins.

'I hope they shoot me': Man shot dead by police threw knives at officers

Jessica Moran at Just In - 18 hours ago
An inquest into the death of a 48-year-old man who was shot dead by police in 2016 during a violent confrontation hears he was throwing knives at them when they arrived at his north-west Tasmanian property.

Mounties hunt for teenagers missing in same province where Sydney man was killed

Nick Sas at Just In - 18 hours ago
Canadian police admit there are "growing community concerns" after two teenagers were reported missing in the same province where a Sydney man and his girlfriend were shot dead.

Militants with likely new missile destroy Syrian Army tank in northern Hama: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The militant forces in northern Hama recently carried out a missile strike on a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) T-72 tank in the town of Shizar. The missile, which was likely fired from a distance of 5 kilometers or more, managed to hit its intended target, which was parked inside the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Reconciled rebels in southern Syria attack southwestern Damascus town

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Two nights ago, a mysterious attack was reported at the town of Al-Sa’sa in southwestern Damascus. According to a military source this morning, the reconciled rebels in the Al-Quneitra Governorate fired an artillery shell towards Al-Sa’sa, killing one person and wounding four others. The Syrian military quickly emerged to the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey vows response to US sanctions, including steps toward Incirlik Airbase

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
Turkish Prime Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that US President Donald Trump is unwilling to slap sanctions on Ankara over its S-400 deal with Russia. He pledged that Ankara will retaliate if the sanctions are imposed, including those which target Turkey’s Incirlik airbase. “If the United States slaps sanctions, we will respond in kind. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS launches big overnight attack against Syrian Army troops near key border city

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out a big overnight attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the key border city of Albukamal in eastern Deir Ezzor. ISIS reportedly began the assault last night by storming points under the control of the Syrian Arab Army in the Albukamal countryside. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Remarkable footage of Russian aircraft thwarting planned jihadist offensive

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – A new video released by the Anna News Agency on Sunday, July 21 showed drone footage of the Russian Air Force eliminating several jihadist vehicles and fighters along the Hama-Idlib axis. In the video, the drone shows the Russian Air Force thwarting a planned jihadist offensive by eliminating several militants […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran’s argument behind seizure of UK oil tanker more convincing than Britain’s: Russia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
Iran’s arguments on the situation around the British Stena Impero tanker look more convincing that those of the Gibraltar authorities and the United Kingdom when they detained a tanker with Iranian oil in the Strait of Gibraltar, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Sunday. “Arguments cited by the Iranian side to explain its […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Carbon dioxide is making planet earth greener

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 18 hours ago
Zaichun Zhu, Shilong Piao, Ranga B. Myneni, et al. Greening of the Earth and its drivers Nature Climate Change, Volume 6, pages 791–795 (2016) Global environmental change is rapidly altering the dynamics of terrestrial vegetation, with consequences for the functioning of … Continue reading →

This SR-71 Blackbird Set the Absolute Speed Record That Still Stands

Dario Leone at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Dario Leone* *Security, * How this went down. Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3-strategic reconnaissance aircraft remained the world’s fastest and highest-flying operational aircraft. From 80,000 feet, it could survey 100,000 square miles of Earth’s surface per hour. So it comes as no surprise if, thanks to its astonishing flight characteristics, the aircraft has set numerous speed and altitude records throughout its career. In July 1976, three US Air Force (USAF) aircrews, flying the Mach 3+ SR-71 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft,... more »

Insurers Running Medicare Advantage Plans Overbill Taxpayers By Billions As Feds Struggle To Stop It

Lambert Strether at naked capitalism - 18 hours ago
Lambert here: Because markets. Fred Schulte and Lauren Weber, Kaiser Health News. Originally published at Kaiser Health News. [UPDATED at 1:45 p.m. ET] Health insurers that treat millions of seniors have overcharged Medicare by nearly $30 billion the past three years alone, but federal officials say they are moving ahead with long-delayed plans to recoup […]

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